TARS - Transporturi Aeriene Romana Sovietica was founded in 1945 by the Governments of Romania and Russia, ownership being
divided equally between the two countries to operate domestic and regional services with a fleet of Lisunov Li-2's. In 1954,
the ownership of TARS passed entirely to the Romanian Government and TAROM - Transporturile Aeriene Române made a start as a
new companyon 18 September 1954. Since, international services expanded and the growing fleet of TAROM
was modernised several times. Today, TAROM S.A. is Romania's national airline, a commercial society with state-owned
and private capital, providing air transportation on domestic and international routes, on both regular and
charter flights. On 10 July 1997, the 1975-built Antonov An-24RV YR-BME came in at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands
on a passenger charter with a Rumanian football team.